One Girl’s Opinion: Negative Media Images of Girls

By: Anika M.

Negative media images of girls affect everyone. Day after day, girls are taught early on to be sexy, flawless and unrealistically skinny, and they resort to drastic and unhealthy measures to achieve the unachievable. One example that comes to mind is the show “Toddlers in Tiaras,” about 3-year-old beauty pageant stars. The consequence: too many girls feel disgusted with themselves when they can’t succeed.

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Too Young to Wed

By: Nikki W. 

Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste.
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Ask President Obama to Help Stop Child Marriage

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Declaring Independence

By: Nikki W.

Today in America we celebrate independence, “freedom over tyranny” our forefathers called it. What did our fore-mothers call it? How might the Declaration of Independence differ if women had written it or even been consulted?

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To Educate a Girl

By: Nikki W.

Ten years after world leaders pledged to provide equal access to all girls and boys by 2015,  filmmakers Frederick Rendina and Oren Rudavsky set out to answer the question, “What does it take to educate a girl?” amidst poverty and conflict in much of the developing world.

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About Our Logo

By: Joanne C. (19) and Shannon S. (19)

We are two co-founders of School Girls Unite, and when we started way back in 2004 as seventh graders, we would have thought the current Day of the Girl logo, with such a powerful image, was TOO powerful, almost violent. But now we’ve realized that it takes strength to make a change, and that we need to demand and make the changes we want in the world. And it’s hard to demand something with flimsy birds and butterflies.

 

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Proclamation for Howard County, Maryland

By: Nikki W.

The following proclamation was written by 7th and 8th grade girls and submitted to the county executive and county council of Howard County, Maryland. This is a great example of the kind of local-specific information you can use to appeal to officials where you live.

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Women2Drive

By: Nikki W.

This Friday, June 17, women in Saudi Arabia will risk arrest by doing something you and I probably do every day: driving their own car. Help them win the right to go wherever they choose, on their own, by e-mailing key Saudi and US decision makers now.

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Girl Facts

As girls, we experience inequality in every aspect of our lives. There are a billion reasons why we need the Day of the Girl, but let’s start with just a dozen:

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Support the Paycheck Fairness Act

By: Nikki W.

Forty-eight years ago today, Congress passed the Equal Pay Act of 1963, making it illegal to pay a woman less than a man for the same work. In those days, women were paid, on average, 59 cents to a man’s dollar.

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